Film industry bodies decry threats against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ hasn’t ceased to be in the headlines over the last few weeks. In a fresh turn of events, 20 bodies representing various factions of the film industry including filmmakers and technicians observed a 15-minute blackout in Film City on Sunday evening as a mark of protest against the bullying ways of supposed groups and the silence maintained by the governments of various states. The blackout was observed between 4.30 pm and 4.45 pm in the presence of over a thousand-strong crowd that comprised members of different associations and the aam junta.
Titled ‘Main Azaad Hoon?’, the protest was observed at the main entrance of the Film City studios in Goregaon to show the industry’s solidarity for Bhansali and to honour the creative forces of the fraternity. “We didn’t want to disturb the on-going work of our fellow producers, technicians and artistes which is the reason the duration of the blackout was only 15 minutes; but in those 15 minutes, no one shot a frame for their show or movie. Everyone peacefully resumed work because we know everyone is chasing a deadline,” said Ashoke Pandit (active member and office bearer at The Indian Film and Television Directors Association), adding, “What is also shocking is the strange unity with which all the political outfits are supporting the fringe groups in their act of hooliganism. The film was scheduled to open in cinemas on December 1 but now its release has been deferred and a new date is yet to be announced.

Firoz (Raja) Khan, the senior vice president of the Junior Artiste Association, believes that protests like this are important now to protect the bread and butter of the current generation of craftsmen and the future, too. He elaborated, “We don’t want the next generation to inherit fear from us. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of our best filmmakers who helms epics. Every department works hard to put a film like that together and so many of us earn our living by working on films like his. If filmmakers like him decide to not make films, whose loss do you think it is? Freedom of expression ka kya hua? I have worked with Bhansali and I know he is very sensitive to detail. He looks at every single junior artiste before a shot. If he has gone wrong somewhere, we have courts and the CBFC to pull him up. This open dhamkibaazi is not tolerable.”

Pointing out that they are expected to support every social campaign that the central government initiates,” Pandit said, “Amitabh Bachchan supports polio awareness. Several actresses have supported Beti Padhao Beti Bachao; Akshay Kumar and several other actors supported the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. And what is the government doing when open threats are being issued to members of this fraternity? So far, nothing! Aaj Bhansali par ban aayi hai, khamosh rahe to kal hum sab par ban aayegi,” adds Ashoke.

Bhupinder Sayan, general secretary of the Indian films and television choreographers association, seconded Firoz Khan’s opinion and added, “We stand by our rights to work freely, without any fear and support Mr Bhansali when his professional freedom is being threatened. This problem needs a quick resolution. People have been asking questions about ‘Padmavati’ but are they giving him a chance to answer? Give him the space for it. If there is anything objectionable, the CBFC will direct accordingly. We cannot be dictated by fringe bodies. It affects the morale of an entire fraternity. We will take it to a point where the noise reaches the right ears. If the fringe groups have a reason to stand united, don’t we have ours?”


Deepika Padukone Reacts To The Dangerous Threats She Has Received For Padmavati

If there’s one burning topic that has taken over all the news channels, it’s that of Padmavati.The last couple of days have seen multiple and bizarre threats – from someone openly taking out their sword on national television to members of the Karni Sena offering a bounty of Rs 10 crores for the heads of Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali – it has been utterly disgusting and extremely sad.

The film has had to deal with a lot of troubles right from the time they were filming. The sets were destroyed and SLB was physically assaulted. Deepika’s rangoli at a mall too was destroyed by a bunch of goons – and all this was done to stop the film from releasing. It’s so ridiculous that people make open threats like these in public, and what’s even more ridiculous is that not many people from Bollywood have shown their support for the film. Kamal Hasaan took to Twitter to take DP’s side on the whole controversy and urged India to ‘wake up’.

Deepika finally reacted to the controversy when asked if she’d like to have better protection from the state. She told BBC World News,

In an ideal world, yes. I think it is too soon to tell… But yes it would be nicer to feel safer or protected at this point.”

She also added,

It is hurtful and it is sad. Cinema has the power to bring the people together, to unite people and to spread love. It is disheartening sometimes that people don’t recognise that.”

It is disheartening indeed and we hope this matter is resolved soon.

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Kamal Haasan Supports Deepika Padukone And Padmavati With This Powerful Tweet

Padmavati has been embroiled in multiple controversies for the last couple of months. The film’s sets were destroyed by a bunch of goons, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was slapped and assaulted, and now to top it all off, they’ve threatened to not let the film release. From people taking out their swords on national television to the Karni Sena members offering a bounty to have Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali beheaded – this is getting messier, more disgusting and more dangerous by the day.

And what’s even sadder is that not a lot of industry insiders have come forth to support Padmavati. Except for a few including the cast of the film – Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor – coming out and condemning these threats, there has been a haunting silence from the rest of Bollywood. We hope they come out and speak up soon.

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who is very vocal of his opinions and has faced his fair share of flak for doing so, took to twitter to lend his support to DP and Team Padmavati.

Seriously. Wake up, India.

CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi Slams Sanjay Leela Bhansali For Screening Padmavati Without Clearance

Padmavati is in troubled waters even as it inches closer towards its release date. Despite repeated clarifications from the cast & director Sanjay Leela Bhansali about not hurting religious sentiments, there is no clarity yet about the film hitting the screens on December 1.

Amidst death threats and ugly political agenda, Deepika Padukone is bravely promoting the film and the film’s male protagonists, Shahid Kapoor & Ranveer Singh are also hopeful of a positive outcome.

Meanwhile, the recently appointed chief of CBFC, Prasoon Joshi expressed his disappointment about Sanjay Leela Bhansali screening the film for select media people without getting a clearance first. Speaking to IANS about it, he said:

It is disappointing that the film ‘Padmavati’ is being screened for the media and getting reviewed on national channels without the CBFC having seen or certified the film. This compromises the role of systems and balances that are part of a functioning industry. It’s myopic to treat the certification process haphazardly to suit convenience. On one hand, holding the CBFC responsible and pressurising to accelerate the process. And on the other hand, attempt to subvert the very process, sets an opportunistic precedent.”

There were reports that the board has returned the film to the producers without certification, about which Prasoon said:

In this specific case, the film’s application came up this week only for review. The makers know and admit that the paperwork is not complete. The very disclaimer whether the film is work of fiction or historical was left blank and not stated, and on simply and legitimately being asked to provide documents, target the CBFC for looking the other way and delay. The CBFC is a responsible body and has the best interests of the industry and society in mind. Let not convenient casual methods be brought into practice. We all must have a responsible, mutually respectful and balanced approach.”

FYI, it all started with Arnab Goswami announcing on his channel that he has seen the film and did not find anything objectionable. Lucky boy, this one!

We hope Padmavati emerges as the winner of this ongoing battle and the film peacefully releases in theatres on the scheduled date.

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Padmavati trailer: Ranveer Singh’s cruel intensity, Shahid Kapoor’s Rajput warrior avatar and Deepika Padukone’s ethereal beauty will haunt you for days to come


When it was announced that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making a film based on the folklore of Rani Padmini, it had everyone excited. Later, when the cast of the film was locked and it was made public that Deepika Padukone will be seen in the titular character, while Ranveer Singh will be seen playing Sultan Alauddin Khilji, however it was the unusual casting of Shahid Kapoor that excited everyone the most. After that when the first character poster of the film was released it sent everyone in a state of frenzy. If Deepika Padukone’s look as Rani Padmini didn’t create enough buzz, Shahid Kapoor’s Mahrawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh’s Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s character poster took the hype to an all time high. In my personal opinion those posters had created enough buzz that even if they hadn’t released the trailer, the film would’ve taken a flying start at the boxoffice.


Anyway the trailer is here and it is everything that you expected it to be. It is majestic, gigantic and truly a magnum opus we all have been waiting for after the sheer brilliance of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. One look at the trailer and you’ll know that it is the biggest Bollywood film in over a decade.

The trailer is bound to give you goosebumps…

Check out the trailer below:

Releasing on December 1, 2017, Padmavati also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Raza Murad, Jim Sarbh, among others.

Let us know what you all think about the trailer. Did it meet your expectations?

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Is Deepika Padukone the reason behind Ranveer Singh rejecting a film opposite Katrina Kaif?


It was a couple of months back when Ranveer Singh and Katrina Kaif were spotted by the shutterbugs outside Zoya Akhtar’s residence. And ever since, there have been speculations of them teaming up for a movie. It was also rumoured that director Nitya Mehra would star Ranveer opposite Kat for her next directorial.

But it was Ranveer who denied the offer since he had given his dates to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’. But now the rumours are that Ranveer might have rejected the offer because of girlfriend Deepika.

It was when Ranveer’s spokesperson denied the report saying, “There is no truth in this.”


A leading daily had reported that Ranveer is trying to lighten things up between Deepika and Katrina. Talking about the same, a source had said, “The two actresses had a fallout over their ex Ranbir Kapoor. It is only fitting that Deepika’s current beau sorts this problem out. Even if they don’t become friends, they can at least be cordial to each other in public. Like Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan and likeSaif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor. Enough time has passed for the two actresses to now put their past behind them. Ranveer, who has become very fond of Katrina, is keen that the two actresses call a truce. Ranveer and Kat like and even follow each other on Instagram.”

Let’s see if Ranveer and Katrina actually team up together or no.

Are Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in a live-in relationship now?

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone

‘Padmavati’ is one of the most awaited movies of this year. With the magnum opus sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stellar stars like Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, this epic drama will surely mint some money at the box-office.

The ‘Padmavati’ team is currently shooting in Film City location of Mumbai which is in Goregaon. According to a report in a leading daily, a few sequences from the Kolhapur schedule were remaining, which are now being shot simultaneously at Dahisar, which happens to be a few kilometres away from Film City.

Ranveer is shuttling back and forth between the two locations which often tends to get tedious for the actor. A source close to the development informed a tabloid, ” In the sequence being shot currently in Dahisar, Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh, sets up camp opposite the Chittor Fort. Ranveer was shooting here for two days and is juggling between Film City and Dahisar.

As per industry grapevine, Ranveer Singh’s co-star and alleged girlfriend Deepika Padukone has moved in with him for the course of the movie shoot. Ranveer bought a house on the outskirts of the city so that it is closer to the shooting locations and Deepika has chosen to stay with him which will cut down on their travel time.

So we don’t know if this moving in together is just tentative or will they choose to actually take their relationship to the next level by living in together for good?

We will just have to wait and watch!

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Cannes 2017: Deepika Padukone nails her red carpet debut in this spectacular gown. See photos

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

After the first two looks of Deepika Padukone at Cannes 2017 were revealed, here is the red carpet look of the actor and she looks stunning. This is her debut as an actor representing the Indian film industry at the festival. Deepika Padukone was chosen as one of the brand ambassador for L’oreal Paris, post which she is appearing at the Cannes Festival 2017. The 70th anniversary of the film festival has also drawn other Indian celebrities including Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shruti Haasan, Vishaka Jitendra Singh, AR Rahman, Jayam Ravi, Arya, director Sundar C and others. Also, it looks like the Padmavati actor has managed to impress the fashion police so far with her looks.

See | Photos of Deepika Padukone’s look at the red carpet






L’oreal Paris India took to their Twitter page to post stunning photographs of the actor. They tweeted, “Ethereal is an understatement. Deepika looks spectacular in a Marchesa gown, Jimmy Choo heels & bag & DeGrisogono jewels. #LifeAtCannes.” According to social media, the actor seems to have nailed her debut as ‘#Lorealista’ in a stunning Marchesa number.

Deepika will be seen on May 17 and 18 in the Cannes Festival, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who will appear on May 19 and 20 and lastly Sonam Kapoor will be seen on May 21, and 22.

On the work front, Deepika Padukone is currently busy with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, in which she plays the role of Rani Padmini alongside Shahid Kapoor and rumoured boyfriend Ranveer Singh.

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Deepika Padukone Might Be Walking Out Of Shah Rukh Khan’s Next – Here’s Why!

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone

Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Padmavati has been a talking point since the time it was announced. More recently, the vandalism of the film’s sets is what had the movie in the news. Even though the unfortunate incidents has caused a delay in the film’s schedule, SLB is hell bent on sticking to the December release of the film, as planned.

This has had a trickle down effect on the actors – for instance, according to Open Magazine, Deepika Padukone has had to bow out of Anand L Rai’s next film with Shah Rukh Khan.

Oh well, you win some you learn some.

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Priyanka Chopra on Deepika Padukone’s identity crisis in the west: I guess I’m the most popular brown face that everyone has known


We caught up with Priyanka Chopra in Mumbai recently, before she went to the Met Gala and got everyone talking with her bold fashion outing. The actress has a found a new home in the US and was in Mumbai just for a few days. Priyanka was to promote her upcoming film with Dwayne Johnson, Baywatch. Priyanka talked about success, Hollywood and even The Rock, but it was her remark about Deepika Padukone’s identity crisis in the west that bowled us over. Ever so humble Priyanka admitted that she had watched videos of paparazzi confusing Deepika for her. In her inimitable style she quipped, “That’s not fair and it’s not right.”

When we quizzed the actress about Deepika being mistaken for her by the western media, she said, “I did see that and you know that’s just ignorance and it’s not right. I guess I’m the most popular brown face that everyone has known. Every brown girl does not look the same. Don’t mistake it. Let’s try and tell us apart. That was not right and it’s not fair she’s a massive star from India.”

Having said that, the Quantico babe also added, “But it’s also, like I understand I guess. When I went to America for the first time, at least Deepika‘s had a film (xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage). When I went to America for the first time I would walk into the room and introduce myself. I don’t expect people to know me either, because it’s a different country. Just because I’m a popular star in India doesn’t mean the whole world has to knows me. Just because I’m a Bollywood actor doesn’t mean people who do not watch Hindi movies have to know me. I’m not entitled like that. I guess that is another aspect of this.”

Things obviously are different today, not only does the west love Priyanka and her fashion outings, they are in awe of our desi girl. The actress has managed to make a mark in Hollywood that no other Bollywood actor/actress has managed to do in the past. When we further reminded the actress that she needs no introduction anymore she agreed and said, “I mean that was like before Quantico.”

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